Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s


Gingerbread House

Decorate a Gingerbread house And help support Habitat for Humanity.
Join us in St Peter’s Parish Center

on Sunday afternoon
December 6th from 2-4pm.
Sign-ups begin November 21/22

Sign-up after all Masses for more info contact:
Pat Kress 201-599-1812
or: Cris Olson


Jubilee Year of Mercy
Mass Celebration

Jubilee Year of Mercy
Save the date: 
Saturday, December 12
5:30 pm Mass

Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which will begin in Rome on December 8th with the blessing of the Holy Door.  St. Peter’s will celebrate the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy on Saturday, December 12 at the 5:30 pm Mass.  All parishioners are invited to attend this special Mass which will begin with the blessing of the parish doors.  St. Peter’s will celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy with events throughout the Holy Year until it concludes on November 20, 2016. 

Click here for more information on the Jubilee of Mercy.


St. Peter’s Quilters
Christmas Sale

The St. Peter’s Quilters will be selling quilts and other items for Christmas the weekend of December 12/13 after all masses.

Most of the quilts lovingly made by this ministry are donated to Covenant House. The sale of the remaining quilts and Christmas items help buy the supplies to continue the good work of this ministry. Your support is greatly appreciated!


CRS/Fair Trade Sale
After All Masses

CRS/Fair Trade Sale of Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be held the weekend of December 19/20 after all Masses in the Slipe Center (Gathering Space).


2015 Pilgrim
Statue of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through the end of 2015.  Pick up a statue at the rectory on Sunday (between 9:00 and 12:00) to pray with Mary throughout the week, and return it the following Sunday.



Walk-In Supper
Volunteers Needed

On the first Thursday of every other month, volunteers from our parish cook and serve dinner for approximately 100 poor and/or homeless people from Bergen County at the shelter in Hackensack.

Help is needed for a variety of tasks. Information about the various jobs can be found on the Walk-In Supper page. In addition to adult volunteers, confirmation candidates and their parents are encouraged to participate. Some parishioners participate in this program as a family ministry.

If you can help, please sign up to volunteer online on the Walk-In Supper page, or call Linda McShane at 201-967-7349.


Rosary Society
Christmas Dinner

Monday, December 7
Lieto Italia Ristorante
203 Main Street
New Milford, NJ

$35.00 per person includes appetizers, salad, pasta course, entree and dessert. BYOB and a friend! Please drop your check off to the rectory by 12/2/15.



Help Needed for
St. Martin’s Kitchen

All who wish to participate are invited to join us on Saturday, December 12. We will assemble in the parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and return to River Edge by 2:30 p.m.  In order to ensure that we will have enough volunteers, we would ask that all who intend to go call Ed Bowen at 201-599-3112. Your generous response is appreciated.


Take a Tag from the
Advent Giving Tree

The Advent Giving Tree will be placed in the Gathering Space for November 28/29, the First Sunday of Advent. This year we are collecting gifts as well as gift cards for:

Families within our community,

h.i.p. (Heightened Independence and Progress), individuals living independently in spite of their disabilities,

and Bergen Youth Center.

If you choose to purchase Gift Cards, a representative from St. Peter Academy will be selling gift cards in the Gathering Space. There’s no need for you to run out to the mall.

Please bring unwrapped gifts and gift cards to the Gathering Space at any time, but no later than Sunday, December 13.

Read the inspiring story of how our Advent Giving Tree changed the life of one young man, who wrote of his experience in his college essay years later: Click here for “Junior’s Essay.”




Join St. Peter’s on a
Trip to Cleveland!

Join St Peter’s on a trip to Cleveland!
June 2-5, 2016

Cleveland Rocks – Ohio
Featuring the “Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame!

Follow the music! Follow the progression of rock music at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Take the “Lolley the Trolley” Cleveland Tour. Cruise into the sunset as you dine onboard the Nautica Queen. Daily demonstrations and “hands-on” exhibits abound at the Great Lakes Science Center. Dine amid hundred of original entertainment artifacts at the Hard Rock Caf, and find out that Cleveland really does rock!

This package includes:
3 Nights Lodging
3 Breakfasts
3 Dinners, including Hard Rock Cafe and Nautica Queen Sunset Dinner Cruise
“Lolley the Trolley” City Tour
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Great Lakes Science Center
Downtown Cleveland
Gift for All
Luggage Handling
All Taxes and Meal Gratuities
Motorcoach Transportation

Cost $529 double occupancy
$100 deposit

For further information contact Bob Setzer 201-712-9272

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Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon


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St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM – School Meeting Room

All are welcome!

St. Peter's MOMS Group

MOMS Group
Weekly on Thursdays
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!

Outside St. Peter’s

Dec. 5: Deadline for Broadway Play

Bergen Goes to Broadway continues its series with the much anticipated opening of the Classical Musical Theater Revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF on Tuesday, March 15th (7:00pm) at the Broadway Theater in NYC. Because of the advanced demand for these tickets, we are only able to secure our reservation until early December. Tickets must be purchased by December 5th. This wonderful evening includes dinner at Tony D` Napoli’s and transportation to and from Bergen Catholic. The total cost is $100.00 per person. Don`t miss out on this wonderful opportunity. Please make all checks out to Bergen Catholic and put envelope to the attention of Barbara Peraino. L`CHAIM!!!Please email with any questions or concerns.

Dec. 5 & 19: Seton Hall Prep Exams

Seton Hall Preparatory School – New Jersey’s oldest Catholic prep school – will be hosting its FINAL TWO entrance/scholarship examinations for current 8th graders on both Saturday, December 5, 2015 and Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM.  Scholarships and financial aid are still available!  Tours of the campus will be offered to all families who may have not been able to attend our fall Open House.  For more information, please contact Michael T. Zinsmeister, Director of Admission, at (973)325-6632 or visit

Dec. 6: Christmas Craft Show

CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW: On  Sunday, December 6th, Saint Joseph Regional H. S., Montvale, NJ will be hosting its annual Christmas Craft Show from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., showcasing the talents of  over 100 juried crafts people and fine artists.  Admission is $2.00.  Children and senior citizens (65+) are free.  NO STROLLERS PERMITTED.

Dec. 11: Christmas Spectacular

Caldwell University will present its annual Christmas Spectacular 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in the Student Center auditorium. The Caldwell University Chorale will sing songs on the theme “The Season of Light,” including Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque,” “Nativity” by Steve Sametz and “Chanukah Fantasia” by Coreen Duffy. The Caldwell Wind Ensemble and High School Honor Band will perform “Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual,” “Celtic Carol,” “Rush,” “Sleigh Ride” and more with over 90 musicians onstage. And audience members will enjoy the annual sing-along.
“The Christmas Spectacular is a wonderful community event. We look forward every year to celebrating the holiday season with the university and local community, families and friends,” says Dr. Laura Greenwald.
Tickets are $10 and are available online, through mail order and at the door. For more information, contact Greenwald at 973-618-3520.

Dec. 19: Advent Retreat

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ offers Hoping with Mary: An Advent Retreat,” December 19, 9AM-3:30 PM.

Mary waited for the first Christmas with expectant hope.  Let us take time to reflect, to pray and to learn from her example. $35 lunch included.

Women are invited to spend the weekend, December 18-20. $135.

For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

New Year's Eve Retreat for Women

A New Year’s Eve retreat for women is offered at St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ, 4 PM Thursday eve until 1 PM Friday.  Join others to begin the New Year with prayer and reflection.  $60.  For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

July '16: Catholic Cruise Alaskan Explorer

Catholic Cruise Alaskan Explorer with Glacier Bay

Come and sail away on a 7 Night  Alaskan Explorer with Glacier Bay Cruise with Fr. William Gold   July 23rd – July 30th, 2016  on Holland America’s Westerdam out of Seattle, Washington–  Ports of Call:  Juneau, Alaska • Cruise Glacier Bay National Park • Sitka, Alaska • Ketchikan, Alaska • Victoria, British Columbia.  Prices begin at $2677 for two passengers which includes all port fees and taxes.  Daily Mass offered.  Deposits of only $350 per person will reserve your cabin. Space is limited. For further info or to register, contact Doug or Eileen at 860-399-1785/

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients.

If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact:

Rev. David Armstrong
Director, Pastoral Care
Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601


Life Source Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care.  Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.
Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit on evenings and weekends.  Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals.
For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-967-4313 or

Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Gift Basket Donations Needed

St. Peter Academy Tricky Tray Gift Basket Donations Needed

St. Peter Academy is hosting its 2nd Annual Tricky Tray Raffle and Dinner on February 4, 2016. We are looking for tax deductible prize donations of gifts, services, gift cards, etc. which can be dropped off at the school or picked up at your home. We will happily promote your business! We are also in need of baskets, picture frames, ribbon and tape to make the prize baskets. Your consideration is greatly appreciated as we try to make this year’s event another great success for the school. A gift of $50 or greater will earn you a Grand Prize raffle ticket to be used at the Tricky Tray. Please contact Kristen Kajiwara at 414-702-5282 or at for more information. Thank you!


Adopt a Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


Senior Residence

Full and Part Time Cook Needed

Full Time and Part Time Cook needed for Senior Supportive Housing Community.

The Senior Residence at St. Peter the Apostle is looking for two cooks to join our community.

Prepare healthy and nutritious meals for 24 seniors.  Must enjoy cooking, preferably live local, be able to read and speak English and have reliable transportation.

Benefits and paid vacation time offered for full time position.

Please send Resume and letter of interest to: